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Dr. Jeff WilsGary gets help from LaurDemchuck Gary with bagging bulbs he just purchased during Miller Garden Club's annual Bulbs

Dr. Jeff Wilson, of Gary, gets help from Laura Demchuck, of Gary, with bagging bulbs he just purchased during the Miller Garden Club's annual Bulbs and Brats sale held at the Marquette Park Aquatorium in Gary. | Jeff Addison~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 8, 2012 6:23AM



Seasoned gardeners and those new in the green-thumb game loaded bags of bulbs Oct. 20 at the Miller Garden Club’s annual Bulbs and Brats sale held outside the Marquette Park Aquatorium in Gary.

More than 50 varieties of bulbs — from daffodils to hyacinths, tulips and more — were sold separately or by the package with prices ranging from 50 cents to $4 per bag.

Laura Demchuck of Gary stood behind the assembly line of bulbs and showcased them like a carnival employee luring people to play a game for a prize. Unlike the chances you take in a carnival game, Demchuck guarantees you won’t be disappointed after buying and planting the bulbs.

“You don’t even have to have a green thumb to plant bulbs! Plant them in the ground now and over the winter months they will be saturated with snow and rain. When spring arrives, the bulbs will bloom into a rainbow of colors,” Demchuck said.

Demchuck said when she moved to Gary’s Miller neighborhood 10 years ago the first thing she did was search for a gardening club. She found it in the Miller Garden Club. “I love this club because it is very active and we support each other.”

Miller Garden Club president Karin Crane said the club members have beautified various areas in Miller, including Lake Street, the library and recently near City Hall.

“Whatever bulbs we have left from the sale we plant them,” Crane said.

Bulbs weren’t the only items for sale. Hungry customers purchased a bratwurst lunch that included a bag of chips and a pop. They also listened to live music performed by Col. Busters and Three-Piece Chicken Dinner.

Locals were not the only ones taking advantage of Bulbs and Brats. Mary Kay Buchanan of Edwardsville, Ill., bought a few bulbs to take back home.

“I’m actually here checking out the Aquatorium as my daughter is planning her wedding and this is one of the possible sites on our list. The Aquatorium is a beautiful building and this event is very nice,” Buchanan said.



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